Saturday, October 3, 2009
Live Blogging The Nationwide Series From Kansas (ESPN2 - 3PM)
Here we go with another college football Saturday. On ESPN2, Iowa is playing Arkansas State and the game started at noon ET. NASCAR Countdown is scheduled for 3PM and the Nationwide Series race itself is at 3:30PM.
Allen Bestwick is poised to kick off the coverage with Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty alongside. This trio is reliable, dependable and excitable. As you can see from the picture above, Tony Eury Sr. is back in the Keselowski pit this week after getting injured in a Charlotte area auto accident recently. Good news.
Marty Reid is back and perhaps this week Dale Jarrett will be back on his game and give fans a feeling for what he can really do on TV. Andy Petree is always solid, but Jarrett is the star of this show and he needs to shine.
This is going to be a race filled with great stories due to a wide variety of circumstances. Sprint Cup Series veterans are mixed with rookies out to make a name for themselves and several Nationwide regulars just trying to hold on for the rest of the season.
The ESPN pit reporting corps of Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch and Dave Burns will be covering the live action. They may have to hustle as this big and fast track is known for producing a lot of incidents, especially with the scenario building for this race.
The ESPN production team is not slaved to a Chase format for these events and normally does not use all the bells and whistles available to them. Several Nationwide Series races produced by the team this season have simply been fun to watch. Hopefully, Kansas will join that list.
The battle for ESPN this season on shared weekends it that the Nationwide race becomes suddenly a bother. In fact, this series often produces much better racing than the its Sprint Cup big brother. Translating that to TV by giving it the same level of attention as the Sunday event is the challenge.
This post will update in the comments section the transition between the college football game and the NASCAR telecast. ESPN has a bad habit of waiting until the last minute to inform viewers of what is happening. The best guess is that ESPN Classic will once again get a visit from Allen Bestwick and company.
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